Returning home safely

Returning home after a procedure or hospitalization can be new territory for everyone involved. You can avoid confusion and stress by having the medication list, care instructions, and contact list for the person you’re caring for easily accessible. These documents will help you feel more prepared and help to keep the person you're caring for safe during their recovery.

Home safety

Returning home after a procedure or hospitalization can be new territory for everyone involved. You can avoid confusion and stress by having the medication list, care instructions, and contact list for the person you’re caring for easily accessible. These documents will help you feel more prepared and help to keep the person you're caring for safe during their recovery. 

You’ll refer to these a lot as a caregiver. Save yourself time now by gathering documents soon after you and the person you’re caring for return home:

Complete Medication List:

If you don’t have a full list yet, make your own list. You can use the LikePaper App to create your medication list. Creating the list generates a PDF version in the Documents feature which you can save on your phone, print out, or email or text to other members of your care team. 

  • Gather the medications, jot down the name, dose, times of day they are taken, and any notes like “take with food”. 
  • Consider involving the person you care for in the process if that’s possible.
  • Refer to your list as much as you need to - you can’t remember everything!
  • Bring it to any appointments and have it on hand during telemedicine appointments.

“After Visit Summary” from the hospital or any recent doctor’s visits.

  •  This will include important info like what to watch out for at home, food and diet considerations, wound care, and follow-up instructions.

Contact List:

There may be new members on the care team, like an occupational therapist or social worker. Write down who to call for what and post it for easy reference. Store them in your phone using the LikePaper app as well.

Who do you call for non-urgent things that can wait a few days?
  • Medical provider
  • Pharmacist
  • Home Health Therapists
  • Other care team members like a social worker or mental health provider
Who do you call for urgent issues that need immediate attention?
  • After-hours number
  • Preferred Urgent Care or ER
  • 911

Source:

HealthyAging.Org Home Safety Tips for Older Adults

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